Four Virginia programs saw action Friday night, including women's basketball, men's tennis, track & field and wrestling. The Hoos found victory in tennis, wrestling and track and field, but fell to No. 14 Maryland in women's basketball, 77-75 in overtime.
The No. 1 ranked Cavaliers extended their home win streak to 76 consecutive matches after blanking No. 16 Illinois, 7-0. The Cavaliers won all three doubles matches to get the first point, and went won 12 out of 13 sets to sweep the singles points. Also at the match was former Class of 2001 Virginia alumnus Brian Vahaly, who became just the second Cavalier to have his jersey retired (along with Somdev Devvarman). Vahaly went on after college to achieve the highest world ranking of any Virginia grad, and we had previously had the chance to chat with him.
The Virginia Wrestling team took eight of the 10 bouts Friday night en route to a 28-6 victory over North Carolina, improving to 14-5 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. It was the Cavaliers' first win in Chapel Hill since 2003. Senior 174 pounder Chris Henrich extended his school-record career wins to 124, improving to 23-1 on the season. The Cavaliers will face No. 8 Rutgers next Friday, a team that just topped No. 3 Virginia Tech. Virginia will face Princeton the following day.
Track & Field
Senior Adams Abdulrazaaq broke his own school record in the 60m hurdles on Friday night -- for the second week in a row, and again at Virginia Tech. This was the sixth-straight time the veteran has won this event, clocking in at 7.75. The NCAA qualifying mark is 7.70. A number of others also completed personal bests and inched closer to setting new Virginia all-time records. The meet continues Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Unfortunately it was just another one of those nights for the Cavaliers, whose women's basketball team fell to No. 14 Maryland in overtime, 77-75. The Cavaliers fall to 0-4 in the ACC, 11-9 overall, as they were led by Chelsea Shine with 15 points, Whitny Edwards with 13, and Jazmin Pitts and Ataira Franklin with 12 a piece. Maryland becomes the seventh ranked opponent Virginia has had to face this season already. The Hoos lost six of them, defeating only No. 21 TCU, the only team ranked outside the top 20. Virginia returns to action on Sunday as they host rivals Virginia Tech.